My wife, Lee, loves to visit gardens. I have learned to include gardens in all of our travel plans. There is something tranquil about walking between rows and rows of flowers or other interesting plants. Plants are so interesting and unusual too. As a former Science teacher, I can appreciate their many adaptations. Gardens often turn out to be highlights of a trip.
We have visited many of the world’s great gardens over the years. Here are a few that have left lasting impressions on us.
Stourhead, Stourton, England — This garden may be the best landscape garden in the world. The English are known for these gardens which combine a natural setting, often featuring water, with strategic plantings and classical buildings.
Luxembourg Gardens, Paris, France — This garden is one of Paris’ most popular locations for quiet relaxation.
Keukenhof Gardens, Lisse, Netherlands — Perhaps the world’s most beautiful garden in the Spring when tulips, daffodils, crocus, hyacinth, and other Dutch bulbs are in view, Keukenhof is only a short distance from Amsterdam.
Gardens at Versailles, France — The palace garden at Versailles is a spectacular formal display which complements the opulent rooms.
Cactus Garden, Eze, France — This is one of my true favorites since I have been a cactophile for many years.